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Taking The Weight Off Your Shoulders: Understanding Body Size Discrimination in New York City

Taking The Weight Off Your Shoulders: Understanding Body Size Discrimination in New York City

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On November 22, 2023, the amendment that added both “height” and “weight” to the list of protected characteristics under the New York City Human Rights Law went into effect. Individuals that live in, work in, or visit New York City are protected from discrimination based on their height or weight or the combination of height and weight, referred to as “body size.”


Our webinar will focus on body size discrimination in employment, where height and weight considerations have been shown to affect an employee’s compensation, training opportunities, performance evaluations, and career advancement. These employees often experience harassment and negative or derogatory comments from supervisors and co-workers with little or no consequences. Now New York City has taken its lead from several other jurisdictions and has made consideration of body size in employment illegal, unless it is mandated by federal, state, or local law or by the requirements of the job itself.


But as progressive as New York City and its Human Rights Law is, it will be no easy feat to shield employees who fall into this new protected class. Stereotypes about body size, particularly weight, persist. Industry surveys reveal that 50% of managers prefer to deal with employees who have a “healthy weight.” And according to another study, implicit bias against race and sexual orientation decreased over a 14-year period, while during the same period unconscious bias against overweight individuals remained the same.


Join us as our distinguished panel examines the implications of making body size discrimination in New York City illegal. Policy considerations, enforcement mechanisms, height/weight protections in other jurisdictions, and best practices will be among the topics discussed.

Start Date:
  • May 7, 2024
Start Time:
  • 12:00 PM
End Time:
  • 1:30 PM
Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias Credit(s):
  • 1.5
Total Credit(s):
  • 1.5
  • Virtual Participation
  • Webinar
Product Code:
  • 0NS91
Section Member Price: $40.00
NYSBA Member Price: $50.00 Join (or renew) for special member pricing
Non-Member Price: $100.00
Sponsoring Committee Group
  • Committee on Continuing Legal Education
  • Labor & Employment Law Section